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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Dodgers Are One Win Away From Triggering The Super Sports Equinox In LA

The city is only one Dodgers win from making another kind of history: The super sports equinox. If the Dodgers win just one of the next two games at home and force a Game 5, teams representing the city in all four major North American sports will be playing on the same day. And although World Series titles come and go, the super equinox has only happened once before in all of sports history — and LA’s super equinox would come with all its teams at home, which has never happened before.

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Greg Pope Posted: October 26, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: 4 major sports, clippers, dodgers, ducks, kings, rams

Did Baseball Great Christy Mathewson Die of Chemical Warfare?

Was the death of baseball great Christy Mathewson at age 45 partly a result of exposure to poisonous gas in October or November 1918 in France, while serving in the same Chemical Warfare Service unit of future fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Branch Rickey?

Two months after (Mathewson’s) death, Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, the second head of the CWS, was said by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to be “of the opinion that war gas did not cause or hasten tuberculosis but in fact actually prevented ...

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Mike Webber Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, hall of fame, military service, sabr, ty cobb

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2018

Washington Times, October 26, 1918:

Jimmy Archer, in his day the greatest throwing catcher in baseball, has passed up the sport. Jeems is now engaged in the prosaic occupation of purchasing hogs at the Chicago stock yards.

“It is an interesting business,” the veteran backstop says, “and I’m going to stick to it, even if major league baseball is resumed next spring.”

The people for whom he works say he is doing well, so everybody should be satisfied.

Archer was no dummy - he was going to turn ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Second-Guessing World Series Matchup Decisions Isn’t Always the Right Call - The Ringer

Ben Lindbergh sheds a little light on stuff we don’t know. The gap between team proprietary data and what public analysts have is only getting bigger. In the short term it’s good for smart teams when it helps them win. When they lose, however, front offices will then have to fend off even bigger, angrier mobs calling for their heads.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Mookie Betts lauded for feeding homeless after World Series Game 2 win

Hours after Betts and the Red Sox took a 2-0 World Series lead on Wednesday and with temperatures dipping into the 30s overnight, the generous star reportedly provided hot meals from trays of food to the city’s homeless outside the Boston Public Library.

Former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni, who hosts a show on Boston sports radio WEEI, tweeted Thursday night to share a photo and bring light to Betts’ Good Samaritan gesture.

Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, charity

NFL reportedly fires down judge in middle of season

In an unprecedented move, the NFL has let one of its game officials go in the middle of the season.

First reported by FootballZebras.com, NFL down judge Hugo Cruz has been fired for performance reasons.

Cruz was responsible for a big mistake in Week 6 when he missed an obvious false start by Chargers left tackle Russell Okung on a scoring play against the Browns. He didn’t work in Week 7 and according to ESPN, there was no indication Cruz was involved in any off-field incidents or that his ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, umpires

The story behind Mookie Betts’ late-night food delivery to Boston’s homeless

Mike Winter, a VIP host for area clubs, was just coming out of “Storyville” at about 1:45 a.m.—a few hours after the Red Sox’ locked up Game 2 of the World Series—when he saw two men in hoodies executing a unique show of good faith. The pair had about 10 trays of food in a shopping cart which they were distributing to the line of homeless folks who were lined up along Boston Public Library.

As Winter got closer he recognized one of the men: Betts.

“I didn’t know who they were at first. They ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: good people, red sox

Samurai Slices A 100 Mph Baseball in Half

This latest clip is done in one continuous take so you can see that Machii doesn’t need camera trickery.

But can he defeat internet nerds?  Have at it, boys!

Lassus Posted: October 26, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets mets mets

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Remember That Guy? José Macías

Whether he was number one in your hearts is up to you.  He was number one on the scorecard for the Cubs in 2004-05.  That was his uniform number.

The Panamanian utility man played seven MLB seasons, making stops in Detroit & Montreal before playing his final two MLB seasons on the North Side.

As a Major Leaguer, he played every position except pitcher, catcher and first base.  However if asked what Macías’ true position was, one might say the answer is pinch hitter.  He played in 210 games ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose macias

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman hasn’t let Hollywood go to his head or a bigger payroll change his winning formula

LOS ANGELES — Four years in, he still doesn’t show any signs of going Hollywood.

Clearly hasn’t upgraded from Gap chic to designer threads. Isn’t hobnobbing with the TV and movie stars who come to see his team, or at least to be seen. Still puts the job first and hours in, colleagues saying his claims of reduced intensity and increased maturity are a relative subject.

But the most impressive, and probably most important, thing that hasn’t changed about Andrew Friedman as he moved from ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general manager, hollywood

World Series glory has never felt so far away for the Texas Rangers

After two nights (and a solid seven hours) of World Series viewing, several realizations come to mind. But, first and foremost, there is this one:

The Rangers aren’t going to win this.

Maybe ever.

Tim Cowlishaw looks at the sky and gets increasingly concerned that it is falling.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoff implications, rangers


New Twins hire Rocco Baldelli becomes baseball’s youngest manager; other things to know about current managerial class

A few general notes on managers, in consideration of a new hire.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins named Rocco Baldelli the 14th manager in franchise history. Baldelli joins David Bell (Cincinnati Reds) and Brad Ausmus (Los Angeles Angels) as skippers installed this week around the World Series hush periods. Three teams—the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers—still have to appoint a field general. But halfway through the hiring cycle let’s look at four things you need to know about managerial ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, rocco baldelli, twins

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series fall to four-year low

It seems like this World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t the ratings draw MLB was hoping it would be. The ratings for both Games 1 and 2 are down from their 2017 counterparts, and represent the lowest ratings for those games in at least three years.

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According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday’s Game 1, played at 8 p.m. ET local time at Fenway Park, came in at an 8.2 rating and 13.76 million viewers. That’s a 6 percent drop in ratings and an 8 ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:06 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings, world series

Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as new manager

TORONTO – Impressed by the way the Tampa Bay Rays use data in their decision-making on and off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays hired Charlie Montoyo away from their American League East rivals to be their new manager.

Montoyo agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2022 season.

The decision, perhaps the most important made in Ross Atkins’ three years as GM thus far, comes on the same day Rocco Baldelli, another finalist from the analytically advanced club, was hired by ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:02 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, manager

Gold Glove Award finalists named | MLB.com

A few head scratchers. I know the A’s had some great defensive infield numbers and Semien looked better but I can’t see him or Lowrie as a top three player on defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 03:48 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

MLB’s Manfred still confident a Rays stadium will rise in Ybor

Maybe he just needs MLB to start talking contraction again. Of course, the regular flim flam job will probably get a deal done.

“I think we have some work to do in terms of getting a financing plan together that will get that stadium built.

“But I remain confident if anybody can get it done in Tampa Bay, it’s Stu. Nobody is working harder at it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium financing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2018

El Paso Herald, October 25, 1918:

Joe Carr, baseball promoter, minor league leader and incidentally baseball editor of the Columbus Journal, has been appointed acting secretary of the Ohio state recreation department. Just what Ohio means to do in the way of state aid to recreation is not clear, but if Joe Carr has his way he’ll probably have minor leagues endowed with state funds.

Pro baseball teams getting money from the government! It’s crazy!

At this point, Carr was also the owner of an ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The rising Boston Red Sox star whom New York Yankees youngsters should mirror

This has more to do with the limitations of defensive metrics than Benintendi.

The 24-year-old’s defensive metrics in left field have been terrible, in fact, although if you saw him make a diving catch of Alex Bregman’s line drive last week to end (and possibly save) AL Championship Series Game 4, you won’t condemn him too much. On offense, however, he owns an awfully good .282/.359/.447 slash line in 333 major-league games.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 09:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got burned by sticking with Ryan Madson again

A manager can make the right move and still lose. The Dodgers aren’t losing because of Dave Roberts. They are losing because their players aren’t playing as well as the Red Sox players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

On the verge of hiring a new general manager, have the Mets figured out what they want? – The Athletic

What’s weird is that, nearly four months into this process, we aren’t debating the merits of these individual candidates as much as their philosophical underpinnings. The Mets have treated this entire process like the way a middle-schooler approaches his science fair project, wasting several potentially useful months before throwing something together the night before it’s due. They haven’t even decided yet whether they’re building a styrofoam solar system or a volcano that spits out ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets, pay site

Seeing Red Sox on cusp of World Series title stings for Tigers faithful

Some comments on that inevitable aspect of the sport.

If the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, how bad/mad should Detroit Tigers fans feel?

Sports regret is a nasty thing. It sticks with you forever. Your team can win and win and win, and you will still lament the one that got away. We recently interviewed former Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood on the radio show, and the conversation drifted to Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins, not the three other rings he ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, tigers

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes’ second heel surgery delayed due to scheduling conflict

Best I can tell, the heel had a trip to Atlantic City that it wasn’t willing to delay.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: surgery, yoenis cespedes

Dodgers’ Julio Urias: Expected to return as starter next year

Something to watch for concerning next season.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

College students line up for a shot at $9 World Series tickets

The cold and rain never bothered college students anyways — especially if there’s a World Series ticket in it for them.

Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox partnered this postseason, offering 100 student tickets for every postseason game for a measly $9.

The catch?

Why were my students never this ambitious?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college students, fans, the things we do for tickets, tickets

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wins Roberto Clemente Award

For his relief work after the Puerto Rican hurricane, still ongoing.

“I hope this award raises awareness that there are many people in Puerto Rico who still need help. There are many houses without roofs. There are many people who lost their homes. There are many people without water. We still need a lot of help, and at Foundation 4 we are focused on getting that help.”

Perry Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, clemente award, yadier molina

Dodgers Pitching Coach Complains About Fenway Park Bullpens Being Too Close To Fans

“Brutal. Pretty brutal,” Honeycutt said of the Fenway Park bullpens, that allow fans to get up close and personal with pitchers are they warm up. “What I don’t understand is why baseball allows it. You’ve got the rubber right there and people literally standing over you.”

He may have wanted to wait until after Game 2 before informing fans that it might bother them.

Nasty Nate Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

World Series 2018: John Smoltz makes the MLB postseason worse - SBNation.com

He does seem to complain a lot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, john smoltz, world series

Baseball Therapy: The Openers Are Coming, The Starters Are Fine - Baseball Prospectus

The reason we’ll have a glut of openers soon is the same reason we’ve had any sort of strategic breakthrough in the game. There are ways we’ve been trained to think of the game that aren’t actually true. Over 50 years of pitcher usage, we slowly grew to believe there was only one sort of starting pitcher, and we were taught things about when and how long they could pitch. We were lulled into thinking things had always been this way. They hadn’t.

And yes, there will be plenty of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

World Series 2018: How the Red Sox got back to being likeable

Marc Tomkin likes them, he really likes them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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